The Slayer Overcomes Low Budget With Surrealist Atmosphere

We’re digging deep into the 80s horror library for this edition of The Obscuratorium. In total, the United Kingdom added 72 movies – mostly from the horror genre – to their ‘Video Nasties‘ list. This was part of a moral panic that saw sweeping hysteria over the perceived corrupting effect of horror on youth. Just […]

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Come True Finds Unsettling Scares in Our Dreams

Dreams and nightmares should be fertile ground for horror movies. To date, we still don’t really know much about our dreams. Nonetheless the horror genre has seldom exploited this unknown to great effect. Of course, Wes Craven set the bar with A Nightmare on Elm Street, which recently made its way to the National Film […]

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Dreamkatcher: Lifeless Horror Movie No Matter How You Spell It

For his feature-length debut, writer and director Kerry Harris mashes several subgenres together. After a limited release in 2020, Dreamkatcher is widely available now on VOD streaming services. There’s bits of ‘creepy kids‘ horror along with ‘haunted objects‘ and a ‘terrible place‘ in the form of … yes, an isolated cabin. Personally, I’d like to […]

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Freddy’s Dead: Still A Bad Movie in Two or Three Dimensions

Freddy Krueger and the Elm Street franchise are horror royalty. Wes Craven’s ‘boogeyman’ sits with Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers as part of the contemporary ‘holy trinity’ of horror. Across four decades, the Elm Street movies have grossed approximately $370 million. But like most horror franchises, each successive sequel generally saw a drop in quality. […]

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Mara: Dream Thriller May Put Some Viewers to Sleep

Sleeping and dreams are fertile ground for horror films. Look no further than Wes Craven’s horror masterpiece, A Nightmare on Elm Street for proof. Yet to date, no horror movie has come close to replicating the terror Freddy Krueger inspired. However, recent supernatural thriller, Mara, has an almost perfect hook for a horror movie. Sleep […]

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Bloody Ballet: A Bloody Mess Of Storytelling

Aside from camp counsellors, does anyone have it harder in horror than professional dancers? Ballet is an apparently brutal profession. And we’ve probably all heard that performers suffer for their craft. The latest straight-to-video psychological horror outing, Bloody Ballet, looks to tread some familiar ground. One part Black Swan, one part Suspiria, Bloody Ballet, or Fantasma, looks […]

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Castle Rock: Episodes 1-3

This past week streaming platform Hulu debuted its original series, Castle Rock. Of course, Stephen King fans should recognize that title as its a fictional town that has appeared in several of the author’s work. Castle Rock has promised a television series that will work various parts of King’s past work into something of its […]

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New Nightmare: A ‘New’ Classic That Shows the Value of Creative Risk

Earlier this week marked the birthday of horror icon, Robert Englund. As everyone’s favourite demonic ‘sandman’, Robert Englund’s portrayal of Freddy Krueger created a pop culture icon. Simply put, Englund and Craven gave the horror genre one of its most recognizable and enduring monsters. In honour of Englund’s birthday, in this edition of The Vault, I take […]

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